February 11, 2021
The OWSD Zambia National Chapter joined the Southern Region chapters in celebrating the International Day for Women and Girls in Science on the 11 of February, 2021.
The Southern Region chapters (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Lestotho, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa) participated in the virtual event which was hosted by OWSD Zimbabwe National Chapter under the theme: "Uniting Women and Girls in Science during this Covid-19 pandemic".
The event was graced by OWSD Vice President Africa, Prof. Olubukola Oluranti Babalola and OWSD Programme Coordinator, Dr. Tonya Blowers. Over a hundred OWSD members joined the virtual celebrations including OWSD President, Jennifer Thomson. The objectives of this year's celebrations were to:
- instill confidence in women scientists and researchers to showcase their talent;
- promote collaboration and networking for women in science for research and development in Southern Africa;
- increasing the understanding of the role of Science and Technology in supporting women's development activities for sustainable development;
- encourage young girls to take up STEM - related subjects.
Among the speakers were all national chairspersons including the OWSD Zambia National Chairperson, Wezi Nyimbili Nkonde. Chimfwembe Olivia Ngaba and Mutale Otilia Ngaba, twins and both graduates from the University of Zambia gave testimonials on their journey in science.